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Checkpoint develops high-speed RFID capability
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:20:00 GMT


US-based product identification specialist Checkpoint Systems has launched new high-speed, high-quality production capabilities for RFID tags and labels, and expanded its printing capabilities in Asia.
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UK fashion sourcing fair to host Egyptian manufacturers
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:24:00 GMT


London-based sourcing event Fashion SVP is set to welcome leading garment manufacturers from Egypt for the first time.
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Gottex implements ERP to manage global operations
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:02:00 GMT


Global swimwear brand and manufacturer Gottex has rolled out Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software as a single solution to manage business critical applications across five continents.
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PTC develops smart connected PLM update
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:50:00 GMT


Software firm PTC has launched the latest version of its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that it says includes role-based apps and ThingWorx platform connectivity for greater speed and efficiency.
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House votes in favour of Miscellaneous Trade Bill reform
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:10:00 GMT


The US House of Representatives yesterday (27 April) voted to approve legislation to reform the process for considering bills that would temporarily reduce or eliminate duties of up to $500,000 on products that are no longer made in the US.
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Mexican footwear production to grow by 5% in 2016
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:02:00 GMT


Mexico's footwear industry hopes to grow production by 5% this year, helped by a strong dollar and rising local demand, says Veronica Salazar, general manager of trade footwear show Sapica.
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Lindex goals include supplier sustainability scorecard
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:16:00 GMT


Swedish fashion retailer Lindex sold 27m garments made from sustainable materials last year, and says it is planning to launch a scorecard to rate suppliers on their sustainability performance.
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Why have US FTA apparel imports fallen to a record low?
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:48:00 GMT


In the past ten years the number of free trade agreements (FTAs) implemented in the United States has almost doubled. So why have US apparel imports entering under free trade agreements fallen to a record low? Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, investigates.
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Authentic Brands gets investment from Lion Capital
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:18:00 GMT


Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of brands such as Juicy Couture and Jones New York, has benefited from a minority investment from consumer-focused group Lion Capital. 
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:32:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that retailer BHS filed for adminstration, Hanesbrands acquired Australia's leading underwear firm Pacific Brands, a look at the last three years since the Rana Plaza disaster, and an interview with Guido Schlossmann, the CEO at low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide.
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Hudson's Bay boosting digital growth with new DC
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:25:00 GMT


Canadian department store retailer Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) is to open a state-of-the-art, all-channel fulfilment distribution centre in Pottsville, Pennsylvania as part of its digital growth strategy.
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Puma reaffirms FY despite flat Q1 margin
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:10:00 GMT


German sportswear brand Puma is maintaining its guidance for the full year, despite the negative impact of currencies on its first-quarter margins.
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US Q1 in brief: Carter's, Columbia Sportswear, Skechers
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. Rocky Brands, meanwhile, swung to a net loss of US$191,450, while Steve Madden said its retail division had a standout quarter as earnings and revenues both grew.
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New loan deal to help upgrade Bangladesh garment factories
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:19:00 GMT


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a US$30m long-term loan agreement with Bangladesh's BRAC Bank to help finance the construction and upgrade of factories in the country's ready-made garment industry.
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Sales growth at UK clothing retailers falls to four-year low
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMT


After a strong rise in sales volumes at UK clothing retailers in March, April proved to be a disappointing month, with cold weather leading to the sharpest decrease in sales in more than four years.
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Skechers files patent lawsuit against Eliya
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:06:00 GMT


Footwear business Skechers USA has filed a lawsuit against Eliya, Inc., maker of Bernie Mev footwear, for marketing and distributing footwear that infringes on its Skech-Air line.
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G-Star tackles microfibre ocean waste challenge
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:52:00 GMT


Denim giant G-Star Raw has joined forces with NGO the Plastic Soup Foundation to tackle the issue of microfibre waste in oceans from the washing of garments. 
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Bangladesh manufacturers gain access to long-term financing
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:19:00 GMT


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a US$30m long-term loan agreement with BRAC Bank to help finance the construction and upgrade of factories in Bangladesh's ready-made garment  industry.
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BHS receives "expressions of interest"
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:08:00 GMT


UK high street stalwart BHS has received a number of expressions of interest, its administrators have said, just days after filing for administration.
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Zoe Moda sees efficiency gains with shopfloor control tool
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:24:00 GMT


Full package Colombian apparel manufacturer Zoe Moda has seen a 20% increase in overall efficiency at its at its facility in Medellin in just one month after adopting a new shopfloor control solution.
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Timberland sets out new eco-preferred standards
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 GMT


Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland is to increase the use of eco-preferred materials in virtually every product it makes - across footwear, apparel and accessories - after setting new internal environmental targets for all categories.
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Hanesbrands to buy Australia's Pacific Brands for $800m
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:29:00 GMT


Hanesbrands, one of the world's largest underwear and activewear apparel manufacturers, has acquired Australia's leading underwear and intimates firm Pacific Brands in an US$800m deal.
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KappAhl names new VP of assortment and design
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:25:00 GMT


Nordic value fashion retailer KappAhl has tapped & Other Stories assortment/purchasing manager Maria Segergren as its new vice president of assortment and design.
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Enterprise suite to streamline productivity at Xcel Brands
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:56:00 GMT


Xcel Brands, which owns and manages leading fashion brands such as Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston and C Wonder, has invested in NGC's Global Enterprise Suite to help streamline productivity.
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Collaboration key to the future of smart textiles
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 22:45:00 GMT


A lack of collaboration between the textile and electronic industries continues to be one of the main obstacles to progress in smart garments, experts believe, although once this happens they could enter the mass market within five to ten years.
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Retailer Austin Reed goes into administration
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:32:00 GMT


Austin Reed Group has become the second UK retailer to enter administration in as many days, following the failure of BHS earlier this week.
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Global news roundup
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:44:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Coach maintains FY guidance on higher Q3 profit
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:10:00 GMT


Luxury accessories business Coach Inc has maintained its full-year guidance as it revealed higher third-quarter earnings and sales boosted by a return to growth for the Coach brand.
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Gymboree books "pleasing" FY performance
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:40:00 GMT


Children's apparel retailer Gymboree Corp has booked a "pleasing" full-year performance as it narrowed its losses and grew sales. 
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C&A selects PLM to boost product development
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:06:00 GMT


Value fashion retailer C&A Europe has invested in a retail-specific product lifecycle management (PLM) system to help shorten lead times and reduce costs in global product development.
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Adidas ups FY outlook on strong Q1
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:36:00 GMT


Adidas has upped its full-year outlook after strong brand momentum contributed to a better than expected first-quarter for the German sporting giant.
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Escada hires Calvin Klein exec Iris Epple-Righi as CEO
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:16:00 GMT


Luxury fashion brand Escada has named former Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger executive Iris Epple-Righi as its new chief executive officer.
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George at Asda signs Umbro sportswear deal
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:57:00 GMT


George, the clothing line of UK supermarket group Asda, has signed a three-year partnership deal with global sports brand Umbro that will see the retailer sell an exclusively designed sports range across its stores.
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True Religion uses water-saving denim technology
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:05:00 GMT


Upscale denim brand True Religion Apparel has developed a casule collection that features an innovative denim fabric treatment with wash technology that uses less water, waste and energy.
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Improving traceability a key garment industry challenge
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:41:00 GMT


Continuing to improve traceability will remain one of the most important challenges for the garment industry, a new report suggests, as it reveals only a small percentage of companies know where all of their raw materials come from.
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UK apparel market realising real benefits of RFID
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:49:00 GMT


The use of radio frequency identification (RFID) is set to take off in the UK apparel market, a new survey has shown, as retailers and brands look to improve inventory accuracy.
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Inditex renews global trade union agreement
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:45:00 GMT


Inditex has renewed an agreement that sees trade union experts employed across the fashion retailer's global supply chain to help with the implementation of labour rights.
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First figures show Bangladesh exports climb in 2015
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:18:00 GMT


Bangladesh's garments exports have continued to grow at a steady pace despite the country's image taking a hit following the Tazreen and Rana Plaza disasters - with the EU, Canada and the US all increasing imports in the last year.
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Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:16:00 GMT


An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann as he takes the helm of low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide. Unravelling this complexity requires a new, more global and integrated look at the industry, he tells just-style.
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Vinatex opens southern office to accelerate investment
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:56:00 GMT


The state-run Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has opened an office in Ho Chi Minh City in the south of the country to accelerate the implementation of several major projects and help prepare for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.
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Russell Brands to use Dow's anti-odour technology
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:04:00 GMT


US sportswear manufacturer Russell Brands is collaborating with The Dow Chemical Company to offer advanced odour and freshness protection to a number of its apparel performance products using Dow's Silvadur technology. 
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N Brown eyes digital start-ups with JDWorks
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:21:00 GMT


Online, catalogue and stores retailer N Brown is looking to connect with the digital start-up industry through the launch of a new innovation incubator programme.
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Chico's realigns marketing and digital functions
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:26:00 GMT


Chico's says its digital commerce and chief marketing officer, Miki Berardelli, is leaving as part of a realignment by the US women's wear retailer to cut costs and place the "decision makers" directly into the firm's three brands. 
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Retail group sets out benefits of EU-China trade deal
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:05:00 GMT


A leading European retail trade association has set out what it sees as the "substantial" benefits of a free trade agreement with China, and is calling for a broader discussion about future trade relations between the European Union (EU) and China.
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Kering and Sustainable Down Source join ZDHC pledge
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:08:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering and Sustainable Down Source have both become members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.
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Textile Exchange to hold Asia supplier workshop
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:17:00 GMT


Textile Exchange is planning a workshop for suppliers and manufacturers in the Asia region to showcase its work and tools aimed at creating material change in the textile supply chain.
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Wolf Lingerie to improve collaboration with PLM
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:19:00 GMT


French underwear firm Wolf Lingerie has invested in Centric Software's product lifecycle management (PLM) tool to help boost its product development process.
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BlueCherry shop floor control tool adds mobile access
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:26:00 GMT


Business software provider CGS is enhancing its BlueCherry Shop Floor Control solutions with a new wireless operator app and an actionable intelligence (AI) performance reporting tool.
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Legislation moves forward on duty reduction measures
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:59:00 GMT


A bill to establish a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process in order to provide tax relief on imported inputs no longer made in the US has been unanimously approved by the House Ways and Means Committee.
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Under Armour signs University of California outfitting deal
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:13:00 GMT


Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is replacing Nike in a sponsorship deal with The University of California, Berkeley, after signing a ten-year agreement to outfit all of its sports programmes.
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Intertek opens UK's largest textile testing lab
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:16:00 GMT


Testing and inspection specialist Intertek has opened what is thought to be the UK's largest one-stop textile testing laboratory.
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BHS "lacks relevance" as it files for administration
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:03:00 GMT


UK retailer BHS lacks relevance and a sound financial footing, one analyst has said, as the high street stalwart this morning announced it had filed for administration, putting around 11,000 jobs at risk. 
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Rana Plaza three years on - Timeline of change
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:24:00 GMT


Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.
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Snow sports apparel focuses on protection and style
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:24:00 GMT


Consumers of snow sports apparel are demanding clothing is comfortable, environmentally sustainable, protective and stylish ­- as well as being breathable, water repellent and wind repellent.
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Bangladesh still needs essential reforms to fix factories
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:56:00 GMT


Efforts to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry have brought tangible progress over the three years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse - but it is also clear that essential reforms are still needed and that the pace of remediation must accelerate. 
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Nike promotes Spillane to product and merchandising role 
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:25:00 GMT


US sporting goods giant Nike has promoted Michael Spillane to the position of president of product and merchandising as one of a number of changes designed to drive further growth.
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Aeropostale delisted from New York Stock Exchange
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:42:00 GMT


Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has been delisted by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) due to its "abnormally low" trading price, amid reports it is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
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US Q1 in brief: Skechers, Under Armour, Steve Madden
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Skechers recorded a record profit and sales performance and Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth, while Rocky Brands swung to a net loss of US$191,450. Steve Madden, meanwhile, said its retail division had a standout quarter as earnings and revenues both grew.
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BHS "lacks relevance" as it prepares for administration
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:03:00 GMT


UK retailer BHS lacks relevance and a sound financial footing, one analyst has said, as the high street stalwart this morning prepared to file for administration, putting around 11,000 jobs at risk. 
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Kufner buys fabric finisher Ploucquet from Sympatex
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:20:00 GMT


Functional fabric supplier Smart Solutions Holding - formerly Sympatex Holding - has sold its textile finishing subsidiary Ploucquet to interlining and technical textiles specialist Kufner Group.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:09:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that Austin Reed has been acquired by Alteri Investors, a new worker training tool launched in China, and a new transparency index reveals a large number of global apparel companies are still operating with little knowledge or control of their supply chains. 
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Kering Q1 sales performance driven by organic growth
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:31:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering said it had a "solid" first-quarter thanks to its focus on driving organic growth and higher sales in both its luxury and sports categories. 
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Sears takes "aggressive" action closing 78 stores
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:53:00 GMT


US retail giant Sears Holdings is to close 68 Kmart and ten namesake stores this summer as part of "aggressive" plans to strengthen the company and return it to profitability.
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Acquisitions boost Hanesbrands Q1 profit 
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:57:00 GMT


Hanesbrands, one of the world's largest underwear and activewear apparel manufacturers, has posted first-quarter profit and sales growth, driven by its recent acquisitions. 
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Rana Plaza three years on: Timeline of change
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:24:00 GMT


Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.
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Bangladesh remediation delays "unacceptable"
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:22:00 GMT


There are still too many unacceptable delays in the remediation work being carried out in Bangladesh's garment industry, unions have said, as the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster nears. 
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Oxford Industries buys Southern Tide for $85m
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:23:00 GMT


US clothing business Oxford Industries is expanding its portfolio by acquiring lifestyle apparel brand Southern Tide in a deal worth US$85m. 
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US Q1 in brief: Skechers, Rocky Brands, Under Armour
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Skechers recorded a record profit and sales performance and Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth, while Rocky Brands swung to a net loss of US$191,450.
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Hamm Reno reduces lead times with PLM 
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:11:00 GMT


European shoe retailer HR Group has reduced lead times, cut less profitable styles, and increased order quantity after implementing TXT's PLM software. 
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Under Armour delivers "solid" Q1
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:14:00 GMT


Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour has delivered what analysts say is another solid quarter of revenue growth, driven by higher footwear and international sales.
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Swedish company starts work on closed loop plant
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:21:00 GMT


A Swedish technology company has started the construction of a closed loop recycling plant that will convert old textiles into textile pulp to produce new clothing.
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Unifi posts mixed Q3 performance 
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:06:00 GMT


US yarn manufacturer Unifi posted a mixed third-quarter performance, with both profit and sales falling due to the devaluation of the Brazilian real and the timing of the Easter holidays, while gross margin improved thanks to its international segment. 
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Europe RegioTex initiative to boost textile innovation
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:35:00 GMT


Competitiveness in Europe's clothing and textile sector is expected to receive a boost following the conclusion of the RegioTex initiative, which will focus on regional smart specialisation strategies and better connection of innovation clusters. 
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US probes textile imports from Nepal
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:55:00 GMT


The US International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for a new investigation concerning whether certain textile and apparel articles from Nepal are import sensitive.
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UK retail sales "sluggish" in March 
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:28:00 GMT


With the weather improving, UK retailers will be hoping their new summer lines can lure consumers back into stores this month, after clothing sales continued on their downward trajectory in March. 
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